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Walmart+ Travel is my go-to for booking trips — get extra savings during Walmart+ Week

Planning a last-minute summer vacation or thinking ahead to a fall getaway? Book now and get 20% back in Walmart Cash. Plus, travel must-haves.

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Dreaming of your next vacation? Walmart+ Travel has great deals on flights, hotels and excursions. (Getty)

I love to travel. I’ve been to 29 countries and have lived in cities, jungles, lake towns and beach communities. These days, I book all my own travel. DIYing a vacation is not only blissfully easy thanks to online services, but it’s also my ticket to saving lots of money. I recently discovered that Walmart+ Travel takes easy and affordable to the next level, and it’s become my new go-to booking platform. Now is the perfect time to discover it for yourself, because Walmart+ Week is here, and the retailer is celebrating by giving 20% back in Walmart Cash to anyone with a Walmart+ membership who books with Walmart+ Travel through June 23. That’s up to 4x the amount you’d usually get! (Read about all of the Walmart+ Week perks here.)

Walmart+ Travel is powered by Expedia to provide a seamless (and safe) booking experience with deals galore. I started my planning by looking up beach options in Mexico for the summer — it's close to the United States and packed with some of the most beautiful turquoise waters and white-sand playas. Walmart+ let me sort hotels by category — near the water, family-friendly and last-minute deals, just for starters. In a few clicks, I found a 10/10 hotel in Playa del Carmen that starts at just $44 a night (more than 30% off) for a Queen room with air conditioning in a prime location uptown. For a more luxe experience, Walmart+ Travel offered the beloved Grand Hyatt in central downtown starting from $220 a night (a discount of $40 per night, which was much lower than the prices I was seeing on major competitor sites!) for a gorgeous King room with access to one of the most decadent pool areas and spas in all of Mexico.

There's never been a better time to sign up for a Walmart+ membership. In addition to the usual perks, you'll get access to the store's special members-only event through June 23. You don't want to miss out, right? 

$98 at Walmart

With the Walmart+ Travel platform, I can see exactly what I'm getting thanks to crystal clear photography and a comprehensive list of every single amenity. In just a few clicks, it’s booked. Plus, Walmart+ Travel takes care of all my travel needs, with an easy-to-use flight search tool, a platform for quickly booking car rentals and a search engine that helps me find activities to book once I get to my destination. This feature is the closest you’re going to get to having an actual travel agent: you can search entire vacation packages by simply plugging in your destination and dates. It'll find you cruises, all-inclusive resort vacations and more.

Through June 23, Walmart+ members receive 20% Walmart Cash on hotels, car rentals and activities, plus 5% Walmart Cash on flights. That's 4x the usual rate making this week the perfect time to book that last-minute summer vacay or plan ahead for fall or holiday travel. For example, if your hotel costs $400 and the flight $300, you'd get $95 in Walmart Cash. Your Walmart Cash will be listed as "pending" in your account until your travel is complete. You can use Walmart Cash on future Walmart purchases or redeem for it cash back. There's no expiration date on your Walmart Cash. Keep in mind that your travel must be completed by December 31, 2024.

Not a member yet? There are plenty of totally worth-it perks to being a Walmart+ member. You get free delivery from your local store (that includes groceries), free shipping with no order minimum, a complementary Paramount+ subscription, savings on fuel at 14,000 gas stations nationwide, and early access to discounts and sales events. As if that’s not enough, during Walmart+ Week, you also get additional perks like one free Express delivery (two hours!), three months of Walmart+ InHome and two times the amount of fuel savings. That’s 20 cents off per gallon, so get that membership and fill up your tank stat. Did somebody say road trip?

No matter how you slice it, there's a lot of savings to be had as a Walmart+ member, during Walmart+ Week and beyond. Given how much I travel, I'll be using my extra Walmart Cash to make my traveling experience a little more seamless. These Walmart products can definitely help.

If your current bags have seen better travel days, it's time to level up. Lightweight and durable, each piece of this bestselling Travelhouse three-piece luggage set suitcase has 360° silent spinner wheels, so you can easily maneuver around the airport and book it during those tight layovers. Inside, you'll find zippered dividers to keep your belongings secure and, for peace of mind, the suitcases come with secure TSA locks. too. Oh, and did we mention you can choose from 10 colors? 

$91 at Walmart

It's easy to bring any old bag to the beach, but hear me out: one that's designed for the beach is so much better. This one by Time and Tru is made of water-resistant mesh that won't trap as much sand — it also has four pockets for storing your sunnies, phone, wallet and other small stuff, plus a roomy main compartment for your towel, hat and book. Game-changer.

$8 at Walmart

Single use plastics? Yuck. Water that loses its cool when you're out in the sun? No, thank you. This Owala insulated water bottle is essential when traveling. It keeps your water ice cold for 24 hours, so you'll be hydrated and refreshed all day. 

$33 at Walmart

EVA sandals are such a super alternative to flip-flops, in in my opinion. This pair of waterproof Cloud Slides offers spongy cushioning and shock absorption that protects your feet much better than those paper-thin thongs, plus more ankle stability. I wear mine as all-day walking shoes.

$11 at Walmart

Australian brand Blue Lizard consistently puts out some of the best sun protection on the market. This reef-safe, fragrance-free lotion is nonsticky, nongreasy and water resistant for up to 80 minutes — it's also made with sensitive skin in mind. 

$15 at Amazon
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If you're headed to a day at the waterpark, this waterproof fanny pack is a lifesaver. You can keep your phone and all the contents of your wallet in here, secured to your body, and not worry about anything getting lost or destroyed. The pack of two also comes with waterproof phone protectors to wear around your neck. 

$11 at Walmart

Here's a beach hack I've discovered while traveling: bring a Turkish towel. The 100 percent organic cotton towel is designed to be super absorbent but is super-thin, so it saves space when you're packing. It's as soft as a blanket and lightweight too. I'll never go back to regular beach towels.

$13 at Walmart